Annual Nursing Facility Assessment

by  Codapedia
July 29th, 2016

CPT® code 99318 is used to bill an annual nursing facility assessment.  It requires three of these components:  a detailed interval history, a comprehensive exam, and low or moderate medical decision making.

This visit is payable once per year for a resident in a nursing facility. 

It may be used as one of the mandated nursing facility visits.  Medicare does not expect a provider to bill this service in addition to a mandated, subsequent nursing facility visit when the annual assessment is performed at the time of the mandated visit.  Here is what the Medicare manual says about this:

Beginning January 1, 2006, the new CPT® code, Other Nursing Facility Service (99318),
may be used to report an annual nursing facility assessment visit on the required schedule 
of visits on an annual basis. For Medicare Part B payment policy, an annual nursing 
facility assessment visit code may substitute as meeting one of the federally mandated 
physician visits if the code requirements for CPT® code 99318 are fully met and in lieu of 
reporting a Subsequent Nursing Facility Care, per day, service (codes 9930799310).  It 
shall not be performed in addition to the required number of federally mandated 
physician visits.  The new CPT® annual assessment code does not represent a new benefit 
service for Medicare Part B physician services.  

 

The service may be performed by either an MD or a qualified Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP), but may not be billed as a shared service or incident to service.

References:

Annual Nursing Facility Assessment. (2016, July 29). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/annual-nursing-facility-assessment-28178.html

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